Food shortages in developing countries have always been difficult to monitor in real time. But mobile phone data is changing that, say demographers.
The Same Name Puzzle: Twitter Users Are More Likely to Follow Others With The Same First Name But Nobody Knows Why
If you use social networks to follow other people who share your first name, you're not alone. The question is why.
Data mining the way we use words is revealing the linguistic earthquakes that constantly change our language.
Twitter data mining reveals surprising detail about socioeconomic indicators but at a fraction of the cost of traditional data-gathering methods, say computational sociologists.
The ebb and flow of geolocated Twitter activity is a “social microscope” that reveals the heartbeat of a city, say complexity scientists.
We're all influenced by the weather but psychologists have struggled to gather convincing data revealing the correlation. So researchers are turning to Twitter instead.
The digital chatter of smart meters could soon replace human communications on the GSM mobile phone network, say network engineers.
Sending entangled photons to opposite sides of the planet will require a small fleet of orbiting satellites, say physicists.
The best way to build a global quantum internet will use containerships to carry qubits across the oceans, say physicists.
Last year, the news media reported on 195,000 disasters around the world. The ones you heard about depend crucially on your location.